Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital can now perform breast MRIs
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The 3T Phillips MRI, which is the most powerful scanner available to patients today, now has a special attachment – an MRI breast coil – which allows the staff at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital to perform Breast MRIs. The 3T Phillips MRI is the only one of its kind in Northeast Harris County and is the most cutting-edge MRI on the market. It has twice the field strength of a conventional MRI allowing for more precise diagnosis, better pre-surgical planning and superior patient care (large-bore for maximum patient comfort, and fastest scanning times). With the comfortable MRI breast coil, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital radiologists, who are breast imaging specialists, are able to view specific details inside the breast and as a result are better at finding increased or abnormal blood flow in the breast – a sign of early cancer not visible on a mammogram. “Breast MRI is a very precise exam that contributes to the detection of breast cancer in particular cases,” said Louis Bujnoch, Medical Director at Memorial Hermann Northeast Breast Center. “It is often used as an additional imaging tool, as a follow-up to mammography and ultrasound of the breast.” “Compared to all other imaging machines,” said Louis Smith, CEO at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, “the 3T MRI produces images with such extreme detail and clarity and can often pick up early chemical changes that other tests may not.” “And now, with the MRI breast coil attachment,” said Smith, “we bring added benefit to patients with a high-risk of breast cancer.” Memorial Hermann Northeast’s new MRI is located in a recently-constructed 2,700-square-foot suite located at the hospital’s outpatient imaging center. Patients must have a physician order to schedule an MRI scan. Call 877-704-8700 to schedule an appointment. Photo: Outside the room housing the “breast coil,” the most powerful scanner in the area, are, from left: Matt Evans, director of outpatient imaging; Louis Smith, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital CEO; Elizabeth Dukes, RDMS, lead mammography technician for the Breast Center; and Louis Bujnoch, M.D., medical director for the Memorial Hermann Northeast Breast Center.